South Platte Valley Historical Society Society`````````````````````````````South Platte Valley Historical Society


Rebuilding the Past - For the Future

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March 23, 2014


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The South Platte Valley Historical Society has a mission to preserve the history of the South Platte Valley area.  The Society is creating a one-hundred acre History Park on the north side of Fort Lupton with facilities dedicated to education, historic interpretation, and improvement of the local economy.

Coming  in 2014:  

                                   Heritage Fair - May 3rd, 2014

                                  Lancaster Rendezvous  -  May 23-25

                                  Trapper Days Rendezvous - Sept. 5-7

                                  Hunter Widow's Rendezvous Sept. 12-14

                                  Colonial Encampent  -  October 3-4

                                  Hot Iron Rendezvous - October 10-12

                                  Turkey Basters - October 31-Nov. 2

                                  Donelson House Teas - October 19, 2013

                                                                                       March 15, 2014

                                                                                       May 17, 2014

                                                                                       October 18, 2014

                                                                                        December 20, 2014



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Twenty-Four years in the making, new Fort Lupton is ready for visitors


The recreation of the old fort is an original-sized replica built by volunteers in Fort Lupton, Colorado


Lt. Lancaster Lupton and his crew planned and built the Colorado fur trading post called Fort Lancaster in less than two years.


Recreating his 1836 adobe fort took 24.


Rebuilding the fort was the motivation for the formation of the South Platte Valley Historical Society in 1988. Its members raised funds to purchase the original fort site, but were seven years too late to save the final wall from demolition by workers erecting gas and oil drilling rigs on the site. Only a wagonload of the original adobe bricks was salvaged, stored under a tarp in the public works shop in Fort Lupton, the city of 7,500 that bears the name of the original fort builder.


Restoration of two mid-1800’s buildings, a one room school and a farmhouse, diverted the group’s focus until Arnie Hubert, a retiree transplanted to

Fort Lupton, said he would lead the endeavor. Without money to complete the work, but aware that belief that the project would ever come to fruition

was fading, the SPVHS broke ground for the new fort, a few yards south of the original, on October 23, 2004.


Hubert and the SPVHS members decided the new fort was to have walls of stucco, not adobe, erected on building-code sanctioned foundations. Its

configuration, 40 X 60 paces (128 X 150 feet) would mirror the original, and it was to be a living history fort, as authentic possible, and built without

government funds.


Eight years, 25,000 volunteer hours and $220,000 later, the fort was finished in mid-2012. Supplier’s donations kept the cost to half of what the structure would have cost without their help, and as promised, the fort was privately funded.